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Graduation and Conferral of Degrees

Application for Graduation

All Undergraduate students with at least 90 credits and Graduate students with at least 24 credits, will automatically be selected to receive a Degree Verification (This applies to both Pace received credits and transfer credits).

Candidates for graduation are encouraged to file a Graduation Diploma Verification Form. With this new paperless form you will be able to verify how your name will be presented on the diploma, graduation date, program information, and diploma mailing address among other items. We encourage you to file the form by the following deadlines to ensure that the updates are processed by OSA in a timely manner that coincides with your graduation term.

Graduation Class Filing Date
December 2014 Immediately!
May 2015 September 30, 2014
August 2015 November 15, 2014
December 2015 March 15, 2015

Readiness for Graduation

The Office of the University Registrar conducts the final review of degree candidates' academic records to verify that all are on track to graduate. The degree verifier will check every course record and every detail in the permanent student academic record to make sure all the degree requirements are met, minimum grade point averages have been achieved, and that enough total credits have been completed to award a degree.

Degree verification notifications are sent by e-mail to each candidate's Pace assigned student e-mail address upon completion of the review. Any discrepancies should be addressed to the degree verifier and your academic advisor immediately to prevent a delay in conferring the degree.

Reasons That Will Delay The Degree Verification

  • Missing waiver/substitution forms
  • Missing declaration of major or minor
  • Unresolved Incomplete or In-Progress courses (missing grades)
  • Missing final official transcripts (with grades) for courses taken off-campus (i.e. study abroad, permission to register at another institution)

Please note: A degree verification is a confirmation that all program requirements have been completed. If students would like to determine what classes they still need to be eligible to graduate, OSA recommends making an appointment to meet with the professional advisor in their school/area. If students have questions regarding whether they are on track to graduate, a professional advisor has access to academic program worksheets, as well as individual academic histories, and can guide students towards the completion of program requirements.

Conferral Versus Commencement

The precise dates are announced each year. “Conferral” means that the University Registrar posts a notation of the award of a degree in our academic record-keeping system. For most purposes, the terms “graduation” and “conferral of a degree” are synonymous. “Commencement,” however, is another matter.


The University has commencement ceremonies in May of every year. If you’re planning to attend your campus’ commencement exercise, please go

Information on caps, gowns, ticket distribution, award ceremonies and receptions, and the commencement checklist is available on the Commencement site. You must register for the ceremony before March in order to participate.

Participation in commencement ceremonies does not mean all degree requirements have been met.

Conferral of Degrees

Degrees are conferred upon members of the graduating class one at a time, after the final grades are posted for the final degree requirements of each student’s academic program. Pace is committed to conferring degrees within 45 days of the conferral date, provided that ALL outstanding grades and requirements have been submitted.

Pace confers degrees three times per year. The date of conferral that appears on the transcript is relevant to the term in which the final grade was posted.

  • May degree date: Last date of the Spring semester
  • August degree date: Last date of the Summer II semester
  • December degree date: Last date of the Fall semester

Degrees are conferred in batches in the order they were received, with one exception: priority is given to those with pending urgent transcript requests for licensing board examinations, employment-related matters, and professional certifications.